constructivism : art & design

Right : design by wael seaiby


With the re-launching of colour in interiors, the design discipline is going through a graphic and constructivist phase, which ennobles materials and gives simple pieces cultural clout. Used together in graphic harmonies, these hues seem to modernise materials and make them come alive. Seen on large pieces as well as small objects, the stark contrasts work remarkably well.
In many cases, materials are recomposed and inventive, announcing a period in which matter matters most. When used as patterns, brighter colours acquire depth and density through the weaving of colour blocks, the use of recycled plastics or the inlay of wood.
Artisan skills are required to make this movement come to fruition and the near future will see the impact of this family of striking designs. When the colouring of furniture becomes the main message, tinting is achieved by winding strings of brighter shades around a wooden frame.

Thus attached and in bondage, these pieces get a fetishistic quality that sets them apart and delivers a primal effect. Here constructivism meets primitivism. Hinting at a future of more cultural references in design. In the end, these pieces together will work like an art exhibition, transforming our house into a gallery, an important trend where the consumer becomes the curator.
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